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Monday, December 16, 2013

As if the Climb wasn't enough!

Just in case the climb up the beautiful Peñas Blancas, Estepona wasn't enough......Jubrique next stop!!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Great Paragliding video taken in Valle de Abdalajis from MJ Liggans favourite videos on youtube.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

New Series of Articles on Running from MJ Liggan

The first in a new series of articles on the Wordpress Blog of MJ Liggan, focusing on running especially training and the science behind it. First article V02 Max

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Las Mimosas de Puerto Banus

Las Mimosas de Puerto Banus

Rumble in Marbella | MJ Liggan

Rumble in Marbella | MJ Liggan

Gipsy Kings in Marbella

They are known for their catchy flamenco style sound that catapulted them to worldwide fame in the 1980s. Thanks to castanet clicking songs such as Bamboleo and Volare, The Gipsy King’s albums sold in their millions as fans lapped up the irresistible Spanish tempo. Many would agree that their music appears to capture the essence of the Andalusian lifestyle with its sultry flamenco dances, raw passion and rhythmic hand clapping. However, it may surprise some fans to discover that this group of musicians actually come from Arles and Montpellier in the south of France.

The confusion no doubt arises because the group sing in Spanish with a strong Andalusian accent. This is because their parents were mostly gitanos (gipsies) who fled the Spanish dictator Franco during the Spanish civil war in the 1930s. Originally called Los Reyes (The Kings), the group started out as a gypsy band and travelled around France playing at festivals, weddings and even busking on the streets. It was because they lived like gipsies that they later adopted the name The Gipsy Kings. As their popularity grew the band were hired to perform at upper class events in places like St Tropez, adding a bit of spice to glamorous social gatherings.

They released two albums to little acclaim, but after meeting producer Claude Martinez their potential as a world-class band was noticed and within three years The Gipsy Kings were household names. Nowadays, especially during the summer in Marbella, they play at venues such as La Sala in Nueva Andalucía, where they can count on a strong following thanks to their Andalusian connection. The last performance of the season was Thursday August 15th when they performed at El Oceano Hotel near Mijas Costa, but these gipsy troubadours also play at weddings and private parties along the coast.
Michael Liggan of Altavista Property also hired the popular group last June for the launch party of one of our latest developments, Mirador de LosFlamingos, when over 400 guests listened to an intimate concert at the deluxe development set between Marbella and Estepona
So if you fancy seeing some world-class musicians in Marbella keep an eye out for their next performance dates.

18-Foot-Long Deep-Sea Creature Found off California | LiveScience

Not hard to see where ancient myths of Sea Monsters come from!!

18-Foot-Long Deep-Sea Creature Found off California | LiveScience

Birdy - No Angel // Mahogany Session

Amazing Talent

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Score: UEFA EURO 2012 Official Film (+playlist)

Putting Marbella Back on the Map

Great article on the Sur in English Website, about Marbella bouncing back, with a quote from Michael Liggan:

Marbella is once again enjoying the limelight thanks to oodles of foreign investment, a plethora of positive press and famous faces arriving by the plane load Since the 1960s Marbella has been regarded as a playground for the ridiculously rich, the fabulously famous and some generally well-heeled types. You only have to cast a glance at the world famous marina of Puerto Banús and its intoxicating assortment of floating gin palaces and eye wateringly expensive sports cars to realise that there is a staggering amount of money in this small town.

Read More at the Sur in English


Saturday, June 8, 2013

PARIS - Serena Williams proved an irresistible force once more as she powered past Maria Sharapova 6-4 6-4 to win the French Open for the second time on Saturday - 11 years after her first triumph....REUTERS

Take Me To Marbella

Having lived and grown up locally, Franciska Johansen, Angelina MacDonald and Dominique Moore are a perfect example of the cosmopolitan nature of Marbella, and in their fun, upbeat teeny-bobber song they pay tribute to the sunny shores they’ve been lucky enough to grow up on.
Produced by Franciska’s dad, who is in the music industry, and choreographed by the girls themselves with help from Angelina’s mum, a professional dancer, the catchy song and dance routine is aptly Spanish-English bilingual. Already, the Lecheritas...Read more at the Altavista Property Blog

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Malaga owner Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani called for Uefa to investigate and claimed his side's dramatic Champions League defeat at Dortmund was "an injustice and racism". Read More...

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

You hear so much negative information about Spain that we thought we should set the record straight. We’re the last to say everything is hunky dory, but the message brought across in the press is often simplified and one-sided. As people who have lived and worked in the Marbella area for many years we know the local economy and especially the property market very well.

Michael Liggan of Altavista Property International says: “The buying process in countries such as Spain is actually very simple and transparent, with tighter laws protecting consumers than ever. So as long as you don’t lose your head and don’t do what you wouldn’t do at home either, it is a straightforward and safe way to enjoy the benefits of a home in the sun.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Big changes are afoot on the Costa del Sol for English speaking residents and holidaymakers who enjoy maintaining their British television viewing habits while in Spain.
Those ‘back home’ are often surprised to learn that in Spain we can view most of the same channels that they do, thanks to the wonders of SKY satellite television. Some apartments benefit from community SKY systems while others, along with most villa owners, need their own large satellite dish and digibox in order to watch their favourite British soaps, documentaries and reality TV shows.
Astra Satellite
It has been widely reported in the English language press in Spain that some of the television channels we know and love (including BBC1, 2, 3 and 4, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5) are due to be moved to a new ASTRA satellite, which will have a smaller footprint and may not be accessible from Andalucia using our current satellite dishes. And while it is virtually impossible to make any claims against the satellite and television companies (officially these channels are only available to UK domestic viewers), there is a practical solution.
Some experts are suggesting that bigger satellite dishes (around three metres) are the answer but these would be expensive and unsightly. And since many of the households affected have access to reliable and fast Internet, it seems sensible to make the most of what they already have!
Streaming television programmes via the Internet is much more straightforward and economical than it may sound! There are already a number of websites and apps you can access to watch a good selection of UK channels for free (for example, although some of those sites with a more comprehensive listing do require you to pay a monthly fee and subscribe to an ‘identity cloak’ which is a method of hiding the fact that your internet provider is actually in Spain rather than the UK. This will sound complicated to those not used to watching TV via a computer, but as with satellite television, once set up it is very easy to use and for most, will be a cheaper option than subscribing to a full SKY television connection.
Those wanting a Freeview type service will be pleased to know that some of the satellite television companies on the Costa del Sol are already offering digital streaming boxes available to purchase for around 130 euros with a subscription fee of 24 euros per month. These gadgets require an Internet connection but no identity cloak and no satellite dish. Most of them also have a catch up facility so that you can go back and watch any of your favourite programmes that you missed during the previous 14 days.
The BBC, aware of its large overseas audience, is also working hard to increase the ways that viewers abroad can watch their favourite television programmes. Their Worldwide service offers BBC Entertainment, BBC Knowledge, BBC Lifestyle, CBeebies and BBC World News to television screens across the world, Perhaps more excitingly, they have also launched and continue to improve their Global iPlayer enabling users of iPads and iPhones to access their on demand service to watch a good selection of British TV shows (for a monthly or annual fee).
Today’s televisions are super sophisticated and many are ‘smart’ or ‘internet’ sets meaning they have already been designed to connect to the Internet and stream television programmes and films. Don’t worry – you won’t be limited to watching your favourite soap on the small screen of your laptop or iPad!
Latest reports indicate that any further changes to the satellite systems and subsequent loss of channels will take place in the summer of 2013 so there is plenty of time for those in the know to investigate the best solutions for the average British television viewer on the Costa del Sol. Watch this space as more information becomes available on who to contact when you need to update your television viewing experience. (source: Altavista Property)